Banana Bread with Walnuts

Serves 6

  • 335g plain flour, sifted  
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarb soda 
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 125 mils vegetable oil
  • 2-3 large rip bananas 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 100g walnuts, chopped roughly  


1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/Gas 4). Grease an 11 x 21 cm (4¼ x 8¼ inch) loaf (bar) tin and line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper.

2. In the large silver mixing bowl, sift the flour, bicarb, baking powder and set aside.

3. In another bowl, mash bananas with a fork until smooth and mushy, add oil, eggs and bown sugar and whisk until combined. Pour wet mixture into the large silver bowl with the flour and beat on a low speed for 3-4 minutes untill mixture is well combined. Fold through chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared tin.          

3. Bake for 45–50 minutes or until firm to touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cover the cake with foil if it is browning too quickly. Transfer to a wire rack and set aside for 10 minutes, then turn out onto the wire rack. Set aside to cool, covered with a clean tea towel.  

I love a big slice of this bread served warm and spread with a generous layer of butter ;) YUM!

Banana Bread with Walnuts

I must acknowlege my very special cookbook editor, Anneka Manning. I was lucky enough to work with Anneka whilst edited 'The Garden Cook'. The kids and I adore recreating many of your recipes in class and 'Mastering the Art of Baking' has in truth, made masters out of us all! I used walnuts instead of peacans - but use what ever you have in the pantry or nut free for certain allergies.


Thank you Anneka for an extremly memorable journey, developing my 1st cookbook. I'm truly grateful to have been supported by someone with your professional experience & passion for all things tasty ;) 





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